Religion Column: Fellowship is not an option
The New King James Bible uses the term one another 133 times. Not every time is it used in the context of fellowship, but most is the time it is. The same Bible tell us that if we forsake gathering together we are missing some of the benefits of the one another gospel. At the same time we are robbing others of the gifts that we have received from the Lord designed to be a blessing to others.
Hebrews 10:25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
Fellowship is a spiritual life principle. The life of God is demonstrated when we spend time with one another. When we come together as the children of the Lord we gather together in His name to honor Him with our brothers and sisters. Coming together allows us to love one another, serve one another, laugh with one another, cry with one another, support one another, put up with one another, grow with one another, encourage one another, bless one another, learn from one another, worship with one another, pray with one another, hear God’s Word with one another, give to one another, and generally share life with one another.
Jesus made it very clear that how we treat one another is how we treat Him.
Matt 25:31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’
44 “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
John 13:34A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
Let us live the one another gospel and reap the benefits of relationship with the Lord of the universe and His people.
Pastor Leo Kruger of Valley Christian Fellowship is a member of Carson Valley Ministers’ Association.